The Tucson-filmed episode of ABC's http://abcnews.go.com/WhatWouldYouDo/">"What Would You Do?" — which focuses on Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070 — aired Friday and I am interested to hear what some of you thought.
Here is a link to the website with two video clips of the Tucson episode: (The first one is called, "Guard Asks for Hispanic Family's ID" and the second one is called, "John Quinones Goes Undercover.")
Toward the end of the second clip, "John Quiñones goes undercover," you'll see Andrea Morken, who was featured in http://azstarnet.com/news/local/border/article_f910c996-2e44-5572-9681-74afc877eae8.html"> this Dec. 19 story I wrote after the ABC crew filmed here.
Not everybody liked it.
Here's a story about Arizona legislators http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2011/02/06/20110206political-insider-abc-asked-apologize0206.html"> asking for an apology from ABC.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-illegal- immigration lobby group based in Washington, D.C., called it "irresponsible and biased journalism" in this press release sent out today:
"ABC’s 20/20 Stoops to All-Time Low for Credible Immigration “Reporting”
In a story of irresponsible and biased journalism, ABC’s Friday edition of 20/20 featured a “Candid Camera”-esque hit piece on Arizona’s SB 1070 law. The ABC sting operation implies that implementation of the law would allow a private security guard to deport someone for looking Latino.
The news magazine’s “What Would You Do?” segment placed an actor dressed as a security guard – not a law enforcement officer – in Tucson, Arizona restaurant. While seemingly picking up his lunch, the security guard harasses Latino looking customers – also actors – to evoke reactions from the other patrons.
The security guard asked the Latino actors for I.D. and defended his inquiries by stating, “They look Mexican.” The blatant racial-profiling did not sit well with the other customers, leading some to lash out at the security guard and others to help the targeted Latinos “escape” arrest.
ABC News and anyone who has read the 10-page law knows that law enforcement can only ask for proof of immigration status if there is suspicion of law-breaking. By implying discrimination against seemingly law-abiding customers, ABC News deliberately misrepresents SB 1070 and slanders the character of the officers who enforce it."